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Red-winged Parrot  (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Also Known As: Crimson-winged Parrot, Red-winged or Crimson-winged Lory, Blood-winged Parrot, King Parrot, Red-wing, Crimson-wing

Red-winged Parrot, male, Bluewater, North Queensland

Credit: © Ian Montgomery |

Did You Know?
The colourful adult plumage of this bird is acquired at about 2-3 years of age, or the second complete moult.

Status in the Wild
World Population:
Above 100,000

A.e. erythropterus: NE Australia from inland N New South Wales and NE South Australia north through Queensland to Cape York Peninsula and Gulf of Carpentaria.
A.e. coccineopterus: N Australia, along with larger offshore islands, from Kimberley division of W Australia east to NW Queensland; also S New Guinea, from mouth of Digul River, SE Irian Jaya to mouth of Fly River, SE Papua New Guinea.

Found up to 600m (1968 ft) in subtropical and semi-arid eucalypt and casuarina woodland, forest edge, riverine woodland, acacia scrub, mangrove, farmland, cypress pine, Callitris sp. scrub and lowland savanna.

Threat Summary:
No threats at present time; population is considered to be stable.

IUCN Rating:
Least concern

Wild Diet:
Feeds on seeds, fruit, flowers, and insects; in mangroves mistletoe is preferred.

CITES Rating:
Appendix II

Is nomadic at edges of range, but considered to be resident elsewhere. Is usually seen in small groups of up to 15 individuals; the largest groups seen at the end of the breeding season when families gather at feeding areas. Conspicuous and common.

Clutch and Egg Size:
3-6 rounded eggs, 31.0 x 26.0mm (1.2 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:
April or May in the north; further south August-February.

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